Five defensive tackles the Eagles could sign

Eliot Shorr-Parks
February 14, 2020 - 8:13 am
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The Eagles are currently projected to enter the 2020 offseason with $44 million in salary cap space, the most general manager Howie Roseman has had to work with in years. 

Here is a look at some of the defensive players they could target in free agency to fill some of the holes they have on defense: 

Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs: Jones showed in the playoffs and the Super Bowl how disruptive he can be. One of the best interior defensive linemen in the game, Jones would give the Eagles the best set of defensive tackles in the league next to Fletcher Cox. The Eagles just handed Malik Jackson a big contract last offseason, but it is fair to wonder how effective he will be in 2020 after missing all of last season with a Lisfranc injury. Jones, at just 26-years old, is exactly the kind of free agent Roseman would spend big money on. 

Andrew Billings, Cincinnati Bengals: A fourth-round pick in 2016, Billings has bounced back nicely from a torn meniscus that cost him his rookie season. Billings played close to starter-level snaps for the Bengals last season, but with how the Eagles rotate their defensive tackles, he would get plenty of snaps in Philadelphia as well. Billings is very strong against the run, but is a solid pass rusher as well, and would be a perfect fit with Cox and Jackson. 

Mike Daniels, Detroit Lions: The Eagles had a chance to sign Mike Daniels last offseason when he was released by the Green Bay Packers. Just because they passed then, however, doesn’t mean they will this offseason. Daniels’ value isn’t very high right now, and the Eagles might be able to get him on a one-year prove it deal. Daniels is two years removed from being one of the best interior defensive linemen in football, which is an eternity in the NFL, but a solid upside bet to make as a backup. 

Beau Allen, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Eagles should have never let Allen go two years ago, and they certainly could have used him over the last two seasons, when injuries decimated their defensive tackle position. Allen got a deal worth an average of $5 million from the Buccaneers, and likely won’t get as much this time around. Allen is great against the run, which is a nice complement to the pass-rushing ability of Jackson. 

Mike Pennel, Kansas City Chiefs: Not known for his pass-rushing ability, Pennel is one of the better run-stopping defensive tackles available in free agency. Pennel would bring 77 games of NFL experience to the Eagles’ defensive tackle position, which is needed considering the inexperience and youth they currently have behind Cox and Jackson. Pennel won’t command a big deal and would be a very solid depth addition for the Eagles. 

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